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Mez z adro

a design by Achille Castiglioni

Mez z adro a design by Achille Castiglioni

ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI Italian architect and designer, to whom The Museum of Modern Art dedicates this first individual retrospective in the United States, is an internationally acknowledged master of design. During his fiftytwo-year career, he has designed and collab orated on almost 150 objects, including lamps, stools, bookshelves, electrical switches, cameras, telephones, vacuum cleaners, and car seats.

With his functional and purist yet playful objects, Castiglioni has shown that form and function, while certainly the main ingredients for successful design, cannot be a designer’s only concerns. He views the world as a wonderful catalogue of objects that provide ideas and guidance, and his own work is often inspired by everyday things. The designer’s personal collection of found objects, gathered over a lifetime of curiosity, consists of objects with lives of their own.

“What you need is a constant and consistent way of designing, not a style� Achille Castiglioni

Dimensions: 19.3" W 20.1" H 20.1" D

It is made of four pieces: the seat, a large wing screw, a leaf spring and a cross bar. Even the special fixing system employs a familiar object used for braking bicycle wheels, a large wing screw that permits fixing everything securely without need of screwdrivers or spanners. The seat is in stamped, enamelled metal; the stainless steel leaf spring supporting the seat, which acts as a shock absorber in a tractor, here is turned the opposite way to make the seat springier. The wooden cross bar (solid beech), which vaguely resembles a yoke, furnishes two additional points of support needed to make the seat stable.

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Mezzadro Meaning ‘sharecropper ’ in Italian, Mezzadro was originally designed in the early 20th century and was part of Castiglioni’s ‘ready-made’ series from found objects. Mezzadro is now made of a chromiumplated steel stem, allowing for flexibility and comfort, steam-treated beech footrest in a natural finish, and an aluminum seat lacquered in your choice of six vibrant colors. Achille Cas tiglioni’s imaginative forms and simplistic designs have made him one of the most influential figures in Italian design. Founder of the Association for Industrial design in 1956 and recipient of many awards including 7 Compasso d’Oro awards.

COLOPHON Mezzadro, a design by Achille Castiglioni Cristina Hernandez - Created for GC239_02 I Graphic Design Professor Jeffrey Bleitz Ringling College of Art + Design Fall 2011 Sources:

Mezzadro Booklet  

Informative booklet about the Mezzadro stool and its designer, Achille Castiglioni.

Mezzadro Booklet  

Informative booklet about the Mezzadro stool and its designer, Achille Castiglioni.